From the President

Browse through this blog for the latest updates from the club president, including the monthly President's Report. 

As always, feel welcome to leave a comment on anything that grabs your attention.
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  • 22 Nov 2014 2:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Welcome to the Canadian Australian Club!

    For those who have been with the Club over the years. Thank you!

    For those who are new to the Club, thank you for joining and please Like and Share our Facebook Page (http://goo.gl/yIX1iR); visit and join our MeetUp Group (http://goo.gl/d3xlXA); and register as an official member of the CAC by visiting (http://www.canadianaustralianclub.com/).

    50 Year Anniversary

    In 2017 we will be celebrating 50 years since the CAC was established! With this in mind, we have great plans and goals over the next two years and we would like to share our vision with you this year.

    On 7 November 2014, I was voted in as President of the CAC for my second term. Looking back, last year was my inaugural term which gave me an opportunity to understand the processes, the community, and “get a feel” of how the club operates. This year we have bigger and better plans, but of course, we cannot do same without our member’s participation. If you have any ideas or comments, please contact the Committee at caccommittee@canadianaustralianclub.com.

    The 2013 – 2014 Committee     

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank the 2013 – 2014 Committee:

    •          Event Coordinator:       Nalini Downie
    •          Treasurer:                     Kim Preminger
    •          Members:                     Zachary Kominar
    •          Volunteer Coordinator: Kathleen Prokopovish

    Last year we held several successful events which included:

    •          Annual General Meeting
    •          Monthly Mixers upstairs at the Paragon Hotel
    •          Sea Kayaking
    •          International Pancake Day
    •          Ben Caplan Concert
    •          St Patrick’s Day
    •          Balmain Pirate Pub Crawl
    •          BMW Racing Carnival Schweppes Day at Randwick
    •          International Ice Hockey Tournament
    •          Canada Day
    •          Canadian American Film Festival

    If you see any of the above committee members around at one of our events, please say hello and thank them for their dedication and commitment over the year.

    Over the 2013 – 2014 year, we took some steps to grow our Club by creating a Meetup Group and placing more emphasis on social media such as our Facebook Page. As a consequence of same, we had:

    •          93 new members register to our Meetup Group;
    •          Increased our Facebook Likes from around 201 to 516;
    •          We at least doubled our bank balance;
    •          We had around 80 attendees at our December and February Monthly Mixers;
    •          We had around 100 attendees at our Canada Day Celebrations; and
    •          We received great reviews from our members for the growth of the Club over the year.

    The 2014 – 2015 Committee

    I am honoured to announce the new Committee members for the year 2014 – 2015:

    •          Event Coordinator:          Katie Zuzek and Colin Drane
    •          Treasurer:                       Kim Preminger
    •          Memberships:                 Mark Moore

    For more information about our Committee, please visit http://goo.gl/ztFP6V.

    I am excited to have the new committee volunteer their time to help me expand our membership and activities this year. With Katie and Colin being the event coordinators, together with Mark managing our memberships, I trust everyone will feel welcome at all of our events. Next time you attend one of events, please introduce yourselves and tell us a bit about yourself! Of course, our Club would not be the same without our great Treasurer, Kim who has been part of the Club for over 10 years!

    Onwards and upwards!

    The CAC has big plans and ambitions – to grow our Club so that it is more dynamic and fun! However, we cannot do this without our members spreading the word and joining our events. If all goes well, we envisage over 1,000 members by this time next year and with an increased membership we can hold bigger and better events at great venues.

    If you know anyone out there, whether they are Canadian or otherwise, who likes talking hockey; enjoys the cold weather; pours maple syrup on their bacon and eggs; or loves the outdoors as much as we do, then please let them know of our existence and invite them out to our events.

    Thank you to all for supporting the Canadian Australian Club and see you at our Christmas Monthly Mixer on 5 December 2014 (http://goo.gl/O9S6JS)!

    President

    Damin Murdock

    Canadian Australian Club

    president@canadianaustralianclub.com

    0422 730 999


  • 27 Jan 2014 3:48 PM | Anonymous member

    Firstly, the CAC would like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy 2014! 

    We see 2014 as a pivotal year for the CAC, with our Club quickly increasing its profile within the Sydney region. The Committee has been busy since November taking active steps to grow the CAC. These steps include reaching out to the Finnish Society in Sydney, the Swedes in Sydney, InterNations, The Sydney Expat Connection, Air Canada, Scotia Bank, Quebec Oz Club and many more. We confirm we have received a warm reception and we will continue to work with these organisations over the coming year to strengthen our relationship to add more excitement to our Club. 

    If you have any thoughts, suggestions or ideas for the club, please do not hesitate to contact myself or any other committee member. Hope to hear from you soon!

    - Damin, president@canadianaustralianclub.com

  • 30 Nov 2013 12:30 PM | Anonymous member


    Why did you come to Australia?

    Before arriving in Australia, I knew nothing except for Paul Hogan and the crocodile hunter. I literally thought the roads of Sydney would have sand blowing across them with Paul Hogans all around. Boy was I wrong.

    Going back a few years now (10), I fast-tracked my bachelors’ degree and ended up graduating in August, as opposed to April/May. Accordingly, I was ineligible for law school in Canada until the following September and I had no interest in waiting around for 1 year. Therefore, I found an advertisement in my university newspaper which was advertising Bond University. It was tri-mestered so I could start immediately and I could complete my degree in 2 years, as opposed to 3. I therefore had a look at the website and it said it was in a sub-tropical location, conveniently situated close to Surfers Paradise. I then googled Surfers Paradise to discover it was a real city! I then made my application within days, notwithstanding I had only seen the ocean on 2 occasions prior to that when I visited Disneyland (as most Canadians do).

    After moving to Australia, I discovered it was very similar to Canada. For the longest time I called it the forgotten province of Canada. However, after living in Australia for some time, I soon realised that Australia had many many opportunities with a great climate, great food and great people.

    So what about you? Why did you remain in Australia?

    I look forward to talking to and hearing from the membership!

    - Damin

  • 13 Nov 2013 10:53 PM | Anonymous member
    As the newly elected President of the Canadian Australian Club, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the past Committee for their dedication and commitment to grow this great historic Club. Special kudos to Kathleen Prokopovich who has made extraordinary efforts to organise and attend most of the functions, notwithstanding she lives in Wollongong!

    I am honoured to be elected President and I am very excited to take on this responsibility. Although my aim is to stay within the objectives of the constitution and foster growth within the strong community which already exists, you will see some changes start to take place as we have “new blood” in the Committee. With Nalini Downie being elected Event Coordinator and Zachary Kominar elected Membership Officer, I envisage new ideas will quickly come to the forefront whilst being able to utilise Kathleen as Volunteer Coordinator and Kim Preminger as Treasurer to keep us focused on the past vision of the CAC.

    I have been told there are approximately 75,000 Canadians in Australia. With this figure, I am certain there are a significant sum of Canadians situated in Sydney who have been craving the idea of talking about the cold weather, the ice wine, the ice hockey (hockey), the snow shoveling, the humid summers, the amazing summer festivals, the outdoor camping (without snakes and spiders), the canoeing, the fresh water swimming (without the sharks and box jellyfish), the poutine and Tim Hortons, nevertheless, many of them do not know of our existence!

    In light of the above, we are going to reach out to other ex-pat groups and organisations, universities and Canadian companies in Australia so we can hunt down those Canadians so our monthly mixers are even more dynamic and fun. To this end, some immediate changes will be the increased usage of social media outlets to strengthen our numbers. This will also enable us to possibly hold intramural events with the Americans, as this always brings out the true Canadian in all of us.

    If you have not already, please Like:
    as you will soon find out how interesting us Canadians can be when you give us a platform to share interesting facts, stories and pictures!

    Once you have Liked the above, please Share your Like with your friends!!

    With the increased membership, the CAC will be able to have more interesting events such as Race Days, BBQ boating and dinners and drinks at very unique locations. If you know any Canadians out there who have not signed up as a member to the CAC, I kindly ask that you spread the word as the CAC will be the talk of the town in the very near future.

    I look forward to meeting all of you at our first event at 6:00pm, 6 December 2013 at the Paragon Hotel in Circular Quay and please register for same! Should you have any questions in relation to the above matter, please contact me on 0422 730 999 or by email at president@canadianaustralianclub.com

    Cheers,

    Damin Murdock
  • 30 Oct 2013 1:24 PM | Anonymous member
    Hello to all CAC members and contacts!

    As we are entering into November and the Club AGM, it is hard not to wonder...Where did the time go?!?!

    Overall we on the Committee feel that we have had a pretty good year with the Canadian Australian Club! Highlights include increasing the amount of active events, developing a new club logo, having high attendance at Canada Day and Thanksgiving, as well as seeing our Monthly Mixer's bounce back to life! This is all great news, so thank you to EVERYONE who made these events a success!

    More information about what the 2013 Committee did this year will be made available at the AGM on November 8th. I hope to see many of you there! 

    October saw us have a small Monthly Mixer at the Paragon Hotel (it was just before a long weekend after all), but we had 60+ at Thanksgiving, and I would encourage you all to scroll down to read the event write up. With live music, fantastic food, and an accommodating venue, this event was a complete success! Thanks to everyone who made this event possible!

    Due to work and personal commitments, I will not be able to remain as President for 2014, so I will be stepping down and (hopefully) handing the reigns to another individual. I have learned so much in this role, and am very thankful to have worked with some great people this past year.

    So in my last President Report, I would just like to thank everyone on the Committee, all our helpers and volunteers, and all our sponsors for their support of the Club. I couldn't have done it without you!

    So long, and thanks for all the fish!

    Kathleen "El Presidente" Prokopovich
  • 29 Sep 2013 12:10 PM | Anonymous member

    Hello all CAC members and contacts!

    As the newsletter is chock-a-block full of information, I’ll be keeping my President’s Report brief so you can have at it!

    If you follow us on Facebook, you'll notice that October marks the start of us changing over to the new CAC logo. Thank you so much for Lenora for working with us to tweak her winning design!

    I also hope that members have saved the dates of October 13th and November 8th!

    This Thanksgiving event should be one to remember, as we have been working hard to satisfy all your Canadian senses.

    For the 2013 AGM, the 2013 Committee is accepting nominations for all roles. Please continue reading to find out what roles are available, and how you or someone you know can be nominated.

    On that note, let’s have a brief run through of what the Club's been up to....

    In September the CAC met again at the Paragon Hotel, and again we had a fantastic turnout of 15+ people. This month also saw member’s “nerding” it up at Australia’s only nuclear reactor. Please see the event report what turned out to be a well-received activity!

    October kicks off with another mixer, where members have an opportunity to celebrate the Labour Day long weekend at The Paragon Hotel. The Committee is also finalizing our Thanksgiving party, which promises to be another great day for the whole family!

    Lastly, there are a huge amount of FYI events advertised including the return of Hockey Night in Sydney, the Antenna Film Festival, and Network Canada’s Halloween party.

    Happy reading!

    Kathleen “El Presidente” Prokopovich

  • 31 Aug 2013 5:08 PM | Anonymous member

    Happy Spring & Father’s Day Everyone!

    To ring in the new season, I found this very inspiring quote from a well read Canadian…

    In the spring, at the end of the day, 

    you should smell like dirt.

    Margaret Atwood

    Aussie spring also starts off the last week of campaigning for the Federal Election. The past few weeks I have taken a keen interest to find out more about the Australian voting system, mostly because I accidently “donkey voted” in our local election a few year back (my instinct to put an “X” in the box overwrote everything else).

    So even if you aren’t voting next Saturday, I have come across a satirical explanation of where your vote goes in preferential voting:

    Dennis The Election Koala explains to Ken the Voting Dingo about preferential voting.

    Enough election speak though, here are some updates for the Club:

    August saw the Club try out The Paragon Hotel for our Monthly Mixer, and with 15+ in attendance, our mixer came alive again! We had a great mix of people, some great music, and overall, a great social experience. Thank you to everyone who came!

    The Possible Worlds American & Canadian Film Festival also showcased this month and unfortunately, compared to previous years, there was only a minimal amount of interest from members to attend the movies. The Opening Night film was fantastic though, and there is still an opportunity to see it in select Sydney cinemas this month.

    In September the CAC will be meeting again at the Paragon Hotel, but this time to trial a Monthly Mixer Dinner. We would love to see more members make use of this meet up, as this is where you can meet new people before our big, annual events (hint, hint). This month also has a Big Bang Theory themed picnic and an educational walk, which is for free for budding scientists ages 8 and up!

    Lastly, there are two great FYI events advertised in this newsletter, one for a Digital Photograph Exhibition (featuring some of Canada’s stunning landscapes) and a musical showcase in Coogee featuring some great indie Canadian artists.

    Keep reading for more info, and the Committee wishes all our Fatherly members a very Happy Father’s Day!

    Kathleen “El Presidente” Prokopovich

  • 30 Jul 2013 8:56 PM | Anonymous member

    Hello to all CAC members and Friends!

    I hope everyone is keeping warm and well in this Australian winter! With some beautiful days on the weekend and one freakishly warm week, I think it’s safe to say many of us are quite content with winter thus far.

    Unfortunately though, there have been some tragic events in Canada in the past month, which includes the Calgary floods and the Quebec rail disaster. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by these disasters,  and details on how to help can be found further down in the news letter.

    As we had a very busy (but successful) end of June and beginning of July, many of us on the CAC have been resting and gearing up for August, as that seems to be Mixer and Movie month!

    August begins with the club trying a new mixer venue, The Paragon Hotel at Circular Quay. We are hoping that this will be the new, permanent home for mixers. Please support us at this new venue, as we would love to see the mixer’s come alive again!

    The CAC has also negotiated some discounted prices for the Possible Worlds Film Festival, and it would be great to see CAC member’s take advantage of these offers. It’s not too late to sign up, so please see our coming event’s page for more info!

    In August we will be wrapping up sales for the Entertainment Book. Get in now to secure your book and support the club’s fundraising efforts.

    Lastly, thank you to ALL past and present members who filled out our survey’s last month. The committee will be discussing all the results and suggestions at the next meeting, and we will be responding to the survey findings in tour e-newsletters.

    Stay safe and warm everyone!

    Kathleen “El Presidente” Prokopovich

  • 30 Jun 2013 9:44 PM | Anonymous member

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANADA!!  BONNE FETE DU CANADA!

    While we in Sydney are attempting to dry out after a week of constant rain, thoughts may return to home, as our friends and family are getting ready to celebrate a long weekend, either by cottaging, heading downtown, or enjoying backyard BBQs.


    While I'll take a week of rain over a week of snow, it is hard not to feel a little "displaced" at this time of year. This is why Canada Day is one of the most important events for the club, as it fosters a sense of community at a time where many of us could feel that twinge of homesickness. Also it's just nice at this time of year to be surrounded by people who sound like you!

    So what have we been up to lately……

    June saw our monthly mixer held at The Local Taphouse, where a very intimate group of four met on the rooftop patio. At the end of the month a group of 34 travelled to All Phones arena for the Canada vs USA International Ice Hockey match….more on that fun event below!

    Some CAC members also joined the Quebec Oz Club for their Saint Jean Baptist Day celebrations, and believe you me, the Quebecoise can throw a great party!

    June ended on a very high note, with a notable group of 75+ turning out for the annual CAC Canada Day event at the King St Brewhouse….a special thanks to all the volunteers who helped make it happen!!

    July 1st finds the CAC recovering from our Canada Day party and continuing the Canadian celebrations at the Arthouse Hotel for lunch and dinner. Due to all the Canada Day shenanigans, there will be no monthly mixer this month, but keep your eye out for notices for all our August events.

    Have a great Canada Day everyone!

    Kathleen “El Presidente” Prokopovich

  • 01 Jun 2013 12:13 AM | Anonymous member

    Happy Winter Everyone!

    So the first day of Australian winter has arrived…..can you believe we are almost half way through the year all ready?!?

    Last month I asked the question, “I wonder what April snows [in Canada] bring for May?” and the answer is as follows:

    Rain, sleet, snow, and hail…..all in one day!

    This was an especially harsh welcome, as my husband and I stopped in Hawaii on the way over….. Epic fail springtime in Canada!!! Luckily a few days later, the sky’s cleared, the sun shone, and 25+ degrees returned. This allowed for a great day at Wonderland, a fun walk around the Tulip Festival, and some lovely patio beverages and Beavertails :)

    But enough about my trip back, let’s see what the CAC has been up to……

    In May, CAC members met at the Quay West for the monthly mixer, and the end of the month saw CAC members toasting the Sydney monorail through a fantastic pub crawl. A BIG thank you to member Brenda Patterson for making that event a success!! 

    June will be another busy month for the CAC, where we start with the monthly mixer at The Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst. Come on down to celebrate the start of the long weekend with some great beers from around the world. The end of June sees two big events, the ‘good ol hockey game’ at Allphones Arena, and of course…. CANADA DAY PARTY!!! Woo Hoo!

    The Committee is preparing for the big day, and it would be great to see as many CAC members there as possible. Not only will the King St Brewhouse be serving up Canadian style foods, but also we will be revealing our new club logo and handing out some great Canadian goodies! This is sure to be a great day, so register ASAP!!

    If you’re looking for even more Canadian related things to do this month, why not check out the Canadian flicks at the Sydney Film Festival? Or join our friends at the Quebec Oz Club for their annual Saint Jean Baptist Day party? For more information on these events, keep reading!

    See you at Canada Day!

    Kathleen “El Presidente” Prokopovich

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